Brad Centala: All for the team
Spartan Soccer Senior Spotlight
By: Sidney Binger, MSU Athletic Communications Student Assistant
In his four years here at Michigan State, senior Brad Centala has shown the true leadership and teamwork that comes with representing the Green and White he wears.
The opportunity to come to Michigan State was four more years he got to continue playing the sport he loves. Unfortunately, just as it does for all students, the time spent here comes to a quick end.
“It’s pretty sad honestly. I’ve just been playing soccer my whole life and freshman year feels like yesterday. I have six games confirmed left, so that’s pretty sad narrowing it down,” Centala said.
With the regular season coming to a close, Centala has had time to look back on the people who have been there to help him all the way. Naturally, his coaches have been some of the biggest contributors in making him the player he is today.
“Damon (Rensing) and Ben (Pirmann) were here my freshman year and there are other assistants, Kylie (Stannard) and Cale (Wassermann). Just having the same coaches these four years have been helpful and helped me progress as a player,” Centala added.
This progression can only come from endless hours he has dedicated to becoming better and from listening to the advice of coaches on how to improve his play.
Although it comes down to how hard he works, the people surrounding Centala are to be giving a lot of credit. The team here at Michigan State is as close as they come.
“At Michigan State we always say we’re like a family on the soccer team,” Centala said. “They mean everything to me, even if we were having a bad season. They’re some of my best friends and they mean everything.”
Being a tight knit team such as this one is, only makes it easier to achieve greater success. With only a few more games left in the regular season and hoping to add those as wins, Centala looks to help his team stay focused and prepared.
“You just have to talk to each other. Even if we are up or down, just talk to each other and make everybody keep working and to know that it’s not over until it’s over,” the Spartan senior said.
Since his freshman year, Michigan State’s soccer program has accomplished a lot in regular season and in tournament play. For Centala, two of these accomplishments stick out in his memory the most.
“Scoring in the Michigan State versus U of M game in 2016 when was a personal highlight. That was big time for me, my first goal here and my only goal so far. As a team, I would say going to the Elite Eight my freshman year,” Centala said.
As great as the feeling of a game winning goal against rivals Michigan is, Centala continues to stay focused on his team’s success.
Between personal and team achievements, he sees that with team accomplishments comes personal ones.
“There’s not really anything personal. Just trying to win as many games as we can and make the tournament.”
Closing out the season, he has a vision in his head for his team. It’s, of course, a goal that all teams hope to reach at the end of their season.
For Centala, he sees a winning outcome that, if his team continues to play as they have this whole season, he believes is possible.
“The whole year we have been saying we want to win a Big Ten championship, and we have one more game in the Big Ten left,” Centala added. “So we’re just trying to win that game and hope to become Big Ten champions.”